2011 has been a year of lots of gains as well as lots of loss. A year full of wondrous tech inventions and weirdest tech idea as well. Here I am going to unfold some of the highlights of 2011.
Starting with Apple, two of its products came to the surface: iPad2 and iPhone 4S. Both products made headlines and received a very good customer response. Apple’s founding contract was bidden. But the news that shook industry was the death of our dear Steve Jobs.
Samsung entered into the legal battle with Apple over patents that gave the South Korean company a tough year in the courts all over the world, but Samsung managed to get some slight victories towards the end of the year. It continued to flood the market with its Android powered smart phones which I think was not a very smart move but Samsung Galaxy S2 finally became a hot cake with its super performance. The smart phone is also called the best Android phone so far. The last but not least Samsung with a venture with Google unveiled Galaxy Nexus running the latest Android version.
2011 was the year of 4G. Many manufacturers focused on this new technology as Apple introduced its iPhone 4S on this platform and Samsung brought Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Droid RAZR made its debut, LG had its Revolution, and HTC’s Thuderbolt and Rezound were among few others to support 4G network.
Initial Public Offering clouded the tech industry this year. Netflix, Hulu, Groupon, and Zynga all made their IPO.
AT&T after backing up from buying T-Mobile bought Qualcomm spectrum for $1.9 billion. Apple wished to buy Anobit in $500 million, a microchip maker from Israel. Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5b and GSICommerce fell in the hands of eBay for $12.4b. Google’s another deals included: Admeld ($400m) and ITA Software ($700m). Saudi Prince acquired 4% share in Twitter.
You can’t exclude social media when talking about technology. Twitter remained an influential social network in Middle East and in London riots as well. Even though it has recently been threatened by Israeli pressure group but it is growing every day. Facebook rolled out its Timeline feature and topped the year to be the most searched social network according to Nielsen Wire. The biggest social network acquired Gowalla team but the privacy issues regarding its users remained under discussion. Linkedin set higher goals in Asian market.
2011 also belonged to Android as Ice Cream Sandwich was introduced by Google and its earlier versions were widely adopted by almost all the manufacturers. ComScore named Android the leading platform of the year.
Batman: Arkham City, The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Portal 2 were among the leading games of the year and they also won few awards in Spike VGA and Telegraph Video Game Awards.